First Aid For Scorpion Stings

First Aid Kit 300x225 First Aid For Scorpion StingsIt’s early morning, and it’s still dark outside. The Arizona sun is just starting to rise over the Superstition Mountains. You stumble half awake-half asleep to the bathroom; preparing yourself for the busy day ahead. Just then you feel it! OUCH!

Something stings you! You flip on the bathroom light and reach down to grab your foot. As you do, you notice a small yellow scorpion scurry off.

You’ve been stung! Now what do you do?

Here’s what you need to know about how to handle a scorpion sting:

First Aid For Scorpion Stings

Scorpion Stinger First Aid For Scorpion Stings

When it comes to scorpion stings of adults, treatment is simple and can usually be done at home. Take the following first aid measures if you’ve been stung by a scorpion:

 

  • Stay calm! The scorpion’s venom is already accelerating your heart rate and blood pressure. No need to add to the already elevated levels.
  • Remove all jewelry! Swelling of the tissue anywhere near the scorpion sting may obstruct blood circulation. Tissues need room to expand (Example: a ring on your finger near a sting on your hand).
  • Gently wash the scorpion sting with soap and warm water.
  • Apply a cold compresses or ice pack to the sting site in intervals of ten minutes on and ten minutes off.
  • Take 1-2 tablets Acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 4 hours as needed to alleviate pain. It’s best to steer clear of aspirin and ibuprofen medications after a scorpion sting.
  • In cases of mild insect allergies, Benadryl, EPI Pen, anti-allergy options are available for usage.
  • Antibiotics will do no good unless the sting area becomes infected.
  • Under no circumstances should you ever cut into the wound or apply suction.
  • Elevate the sting area on pillow
  • If you are concerned or are experiencing severe or long lasting symptoms, seek medical attention.

 

When Should I Seek Medical Attention For A Scorpion Sting?

Emergency Room First Aid For Scorpion Stings

After being stung by a scorpion, you can expect to experience pain, numbness, burning, swelling, discoloration, and even edema. Symptoms can last minutes or days. As with any sting, allergic reactions can occur.

If these reactions persist, or are severe in nature, seek medical attention immediately. Depending on the severity of the sting reaction immediate treatment in an emergency room may be needed.

Most infants, small children and the elderly are especially venerable if they are stung by an Arizona Bark scorpion: the most predominant scorpion here in the East Valley.

If you safely can, bring the scorpion with you to the hospital in a sealed container for proper identification. You may be kept for observation of approximately 24 hours, and be administered a scorpion antivenom.

If you have any questions regarding a scorpion sting, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Mesa Scorpion Control

Scorpion First Aid For Scorpion Stings

If you have been stung by a scorpion in the East Valley, or want to make sure you remain safe from scorpion stings in your East Valley home, seek professional scorpion control.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
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2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

I was pleased to sit down with a couple of the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating recently, and talk candidly about the pest situation here in the Valley. I was interested to know what the most common pests are here in Arizona… The pests that are most frequently called about.

Here are the top 3 most called about pests in Arizona, according to Bulwark Pest Control Mesa:

3. Fire Ants

Fire Ant Sign What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

They’re red, they’re nasty, and in Arizona they have stung approximately 40 percent of the State’s population. I’m talking of course about the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are known for their destructive mound building, and their painful stings which are unleashed whenever one of their huge ant mounds is threatened. Once stung, a victim will display painful red welts that rise above the skin and eventually blister. It’s because of these painful stings; Arizona residents want no part of the Fire ant and call Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional Fire ant control.

2. Black Widows

Black Widow Spider In Web What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

Almost 99 percent of all spiders found in Arizona are harmless. One of the spiders that make up the remaining one percent is the Black Widow spider. Her appearance is unmistakable; with her large glossy black abdomen, and of course her bright red hour glass that warn everybody to keep their distance. Black Widows will only bite when provoked, and will likely run away when confronted. Despite this behavior, Arizona resident’s take know chances when it comes to this spider. Perhaps it’s her painful and dangerous bite that has residents calling Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa for professional spider control.

1. Arizona Bark Scorpion

Scorpion What Are The Top 3 Most Common Pests in Arizona?

The number one called about pest in Arizona, is without a doubt, the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Most Arizona residents are able to put up with a few cockroaches or crickets running around their home, but not scorpions. If you live in Arizona long enough, there’s a really high probability that you will be stung by a scorpion at some point. Anybody that has ever been stung does not want to ever go through that experience ever again. To avoid scorpion stings, it’s advised that professional scorpion control actions be taken. Arizona residents know this, and that is why scorpions are the most frequently called about pest.

Mesa Pest Control

If you are tired of seeing Fire ants, Black Widow spiders, Bark scorpions, or any other pest inside your home or on your property, it is time to do something about. Call or click a Mesa pest control professional today.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Black Light Scorpion Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

If you are the adventurous type, who finds scorpions fascinating, as opposed to running the other direction screaming in fear at the sight of one, then you are in luck. You can easily spot them with a black light. In fact, black lighting scorpions is a common method used to control the scorpion populations around your home and property… And you can do it too! It’s actually quite the nighttime adventure!

Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Are you worried about scorpions entering you home; hiding out in your shoes and bed sheets, waiting to sting? If so, be proactive. One such way to be proactive is to hunt them with black light flashlights. It’s actually quite fun, if you are not creeped out by these stinging arachnids.

First you need a black light flashlight. Your best bet is an LED one. They are very bright, and will really light up the glowing scorpions. You can purchase black light flashlights at at your local hardware store. You really don’t need anything huge or fancy or extra powerful.

When it gets dark, head out in your yard with your new black light flashlight. Walk along the edges of your house, paying close attention to where the stucco or siding meets the foundation. Shine the black light in these areas. The glowing scorpions jump out at you when see them. Fences and concrete walls are also popular hangouts for scorpions. We actually call these areas, scorpion condominiums. Look there as well.

If you wish to exterminate the scorpions that you find, do so with closed toe shoes or boots. Do not handle the scorpions, as they’ll unleash a very painful and very toxic sting is disturbed. Sticky tape wrapped around the outside of a ruler works well to grab them.

Why Do Scorpions Glow Under Black Lights?

UV Scorpion Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Fluorescent chemicals, like beta-carboline, that are found in the exoskeleton of the scorpion cause them to glow an eerie neon bluish-green when exposed to ultraviolet light. From the scorpion’s crushing pinchers to its stinging tail; the scorpions entire body collects UV light and converts it into blue-green wavelengths to the human eye. This practice is known as fluorescence. As to the functionality of this process to the scorpion, scientists still aren’t completely sure of the benefit.

Types Of Arizona Scorpions To Hunt With Black Lights

In the State of Arizona, there are two common species of scorpions you’ll frequently find in your home and on your property. These two common species are the Arizona Bark scorpion, and the Desert Hairy scorpion.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

Bark Scorpion Tail Up Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

The most common species of scorpion found in Arizona, also happens to be the most venomous in the country. The Arizona Bark scorpion is a yellowish tan in color and can measure about two inches in length. It will come into your Arizona home, looking for water, shelter, and it’s favorite meal of crickets or roaches.

Desert Hairy Scorpion

Desert Hairy Scorpion White Background Hunt Scorpions With Black Light Flashlights

Desert Hairy scorpions are bigger in size, compared to the Arizona Bark scorpion, reaching lengths of 5-6 inches. While their stings are painful (like getting stuck by a tack), they are not very dangerous. These scorpions don’t like to come into your home as much, but do still invade occasionally.

Mesa, Arizona Scorpion Control

If you don’t like the notion of inspecting your home and property every night with a black light flashlight in order to control your scorpion population; get Mesa scorpion control instead. Let a scorpion exterminator take your scorpion worries away.

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com  

 

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Disgruntled Scorpion At Odds With Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

Scorpion Disgruntled Scorpion At Odds With Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was recently voted number one on “The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful” list; but this recognition didn’t exclude the politician from the dangers of living in the desert. Senator Flake tweeted out late Wednesday (August 14, 2013) that he had been stung by a scorpion.

Scorpion Stings Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

They say that if you live in the desert long enough, it’s inevitable that you will be stung by a scorpion. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake learned that very truth the hard way, when he was recently stung by an Arizona Bark Scorpion; the most venomous and dangerous scorpion species found in the United States. The good Senator tweeted the details late Wednesday night. See for yourself:

Scorpion Sting Jeff Flake Disgruntled Scorpion At Odds With Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

Senator Flake’s spokesperson released a statement claiming that the experience was painful, and his left arm was numb, but overall “not a big deal.”

Arizona Bark Scorpions

Arizona Bark Scorpions are the most common pest in Arizona, and they are also the most reviled. They are best described as being just plain creepy. They hide in our shoes and in our bed sheets, and when we least expect it… OUCH! These malevolent arachnids sting, and those stings hurt! Arizona Bark Scorpions are considered to be the most dangerous and most deadly scorpion species in the United States. Senator Flake learned that first hand, as he was stung and his entire left arm went numb. Bark scorpions will come inside our Arizona homes looking for their favorite meal of either a roach or a cricket. They are also drawn to moisture, in need of water just like you and I.

Arizona Scorpion Control

As Arizona Senator Flake can probably attest, being stung by a scorpion is not very fun; despite him playing it off as being no big deal and just a part of desert life. If you are growing tired of this part of desert life, seeing scorpions inside your home than get professional scorpion control in Arizona!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com 

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Scorpions Popping Up in Arizona Homes Earlier Than Usual

CBS 5 – KPHO

Scorpions Popping Up in Phoenix-Area Homes Earlier Than Usual This Spring

With all the scorpion activity in Arizona this spring, the public has been hungry for some answers. CBS 5 News jumped on the story early; and when the need answers, they call the Valley’s scorpion experts… They call Bulwark Exterminating!

Spring temperatures in the 90’s, combined with the especially wet winter, has created a perfect breeding conditions for Valley scorpions…. And don’t think Arizona residents haven’t noticed all the extra scorpions. Bulwark Exterminating has seen a jump in scorpion related calls the past few weeks.

In the above news clip, a CBS 5 News camera crew followed one of Bulwark’s scorpion experts on a house treatment.

The Arizona Bark Scorpion

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The most common scorpion found in Arizona, is the Arizona Bark Scorpion. These scorpions also happen to be the most dangerous. These Bark Scorpions commonly inflict painful stings; some of which can cause unfortunate symptoms or reactions… including death in rare cases.

Arizona Bark scorpions reach lengths of about two inches. They are yellowish-tan in color. They eat insects like crickets and roaches, and enter Arizona homes looking for water. These scorpions are not aggressive, and are actually pretty docile. They sting when they feel threatened… like when you step on them or roll over on top of one while you sleep.

Scorpion Control Phoenix

When CBS 5 News was in need of some expert advice and help dealing with scorpions, they called the best, and so should you. For professional scorpion control, call Bulwark Pest Control today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com 
 

Click the link below to read a transcript of the entire CBS 5 news clip:

Scorpions Popping Up in Phoenix-Area Homes Earlier.

 

 

 

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Two New Species Of Arizona Scorpion Discovered

 Two New Species Of Arizona Scorpion Discovered
Photo by Rich Ayrey

Arizona is home to a variety of different scorpion species, and amazingly, new species of scorpions are still being discovered today.

For some 50 years, there were only four different species of mountain scorpions that we knew about in the state of Arizona (about 50 overall types). Over the past few years though, the number of known mountain scorpion species in Arizona has more than doubled from four to ten. This is in large part to discoveries made in the isolated Sky Islands (Santa Catalina Mountains), near Tucson, AZ.

Two New Species Of Arizona Scorpion Discovered

An Arizona couple was camping in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson when they turned over a piece of bark. It’s about this time they knew they had found something unique, as they gazed down at a dark brown colored scorpion. It was a scorpion they had never seen before.

This new discovery comes just a short time after the same man, a Dr. Rich Ayrey, found a separate and new species of scorpion named Vaejovis brysoni in the same mountains. An avid outdoorsman and scorpion enthusiast, Dr. Ayrey has helped discover, catalogue, and name some five scorpion species.

The discovery of the two different species of scorpions came as a shock, because the two species were living in the same range. Most other scorpion species occupy their own ranges and are thought to be isolated.

Entomologists are shocked that new species of scorpion are being discovered so close to a metropolitan area, like Tucson. These new scorpion discoveries demonstrate just how little we really know about the creatures living in our own backyards.

The New Species of Mountain Scorpions

Each of the two new scorpion discoveries have different proportions and claws than other scorpions. The scorpions are dark brown in color, and are just shy of two inches in length (1.84). Female scorpions will carry her offspring, up to 24, on her back.

The newly discovered scorpions have not been tested for toxicity, but the venom of related mountain scorpions is generally mild, less painful than a bee sting.

Scorpion Control

While this discovery of a new species of scorpion in Arizona is exciting news, most homeowners are left with the sentiment,

“Just what we need…another type of scorpion.”

This sentiment comes from the very dangerous and very prominent Arizona Bark Scorpion; which is found throughout most of Arizona. These Bark Scorpions commonly inflict painful stings; some of which can cause unfortunate symptoms or reaction. Scorpions are not to be messed with. If you are seeing scorpions in or around your Arizona property, get professional scorpion control today!

Arizona Scorpion Control

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
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Thief Steals Van- Finds It Filled With Scorpions, Spiders, & Creepy Crawlies

Stolen Van Filled With Scorpions, Spiders, and Other Creepy Crawlies

7469094786 2e4b15714e Thief Steals Van  Finds It Filled With Scorpions, Spiders, & Creepy CrawliesA car thief accurately proved the old adage of “what goes around, comes around,” when he stole a van and found it full of scorpions, spiders, and other creepy crawlies.

An Arizona man, known as Wild-man Phil (pictured on the left), travels across the country visiting birthday parties, elementary schools, and churches putting on a show with all sorts of cool and interesting bugs and reptiles.

While traveling to a Colorado show, the entertainer stopped at a Wal-Mart to pick up supplies. In order to keep the reptiles and other creepy crawly things warm and healthy, he needed to keep the van’s heat running while in the store. That proved to be an unfortunate mistake, because when he came back out, his vehicle was gone!

Inside the van there were three scorpions, and a tarantula. Wild man Phil also had all of his personal belongings stolen, along with a tortoise, rattlesnake, python, and other various lizards, and non-venomous snakes.

Englewood, Colorado police are looking for Wild man Phil’s van; a 1999 blue GMC van, with an Arizona License plate of TEDDIJO.

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Spider, Scorpion, and Snake Karma?

Imagine the reaction the thief must have had as he opened the grey tubs that where holding the spiders, scorpions, and snakes. I bet he didn’t know what he had gotten himself into. While the thief was likely expecting a bin full of valuables, like tools or even a laptop, what he got was a deadly rattlesnake and stinging scorpions. Instead of Snakes on a Plane, we have Snakes in a Van!

I wonder if he got bit… Now that would be Karma!

Spider and Scorpion Control

While most of us are hoping this thief gets what he or she deserves, we all shutter at the thought of having scorpions and spiders in our homes, and heaven forbid, in our cars. If you are a Mesa, AZ resident, you can find scorpions in your home, and a few have even made their way into cars. Don’t be one of the people who gets stung by a scorpion. Scorpion stings are painful! Get Mesa scorpion control today!

Spider and Scorpion Control in Mesa

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

Source: http://www.9news.com/news/article/294869/346/Thief-steals-Suburban-full-of-reptiles-

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Scorpion Sting Leaves Arizona Woman With Massive $83,000 Bill

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Escorpión del Desierto (Hadrurus arizonensis) (Photo credit: Landahlauts)

Imagine being in your garage, opening a box of air conditioner filters, when you are suddenly stung by a scorpion—and that’s not even the worst part!

A 52 year old Ahwatukee, AZ woman felt a razor-sharp prick on her abdomen, but the worst sting came several months later when she opened the $83,000 hospital bill.

 

After the sting, Marcie Edmonds started experiencing typical scorpion sting symptoms:

  • Mild tingling and burning sensation
  • Blurry vision
  • Throat tightness
  • Darting eyes
  • Tense muscles
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty walking

Scorpion Antivenom

Shortly after experiencing all of the agonizing symptoms of the scorpion’s sting, Edmonds called Poison Control which directed her to the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center. She was educated about scorpion sting treatments, like the antivenom Anascorp, which could quickly relieve her symptoms. She was given the Anascorp, through IV, in two doses then was released from the hospital.

A Shock in the Mail

Several weeks after the scorpion sting, Marcie Edmonds was figuratively stung by a massive hospital bill she received in the mail that totaled $83,046. The two Anascorp doses, billed at $39,652 a piece, were partly covered by her insurer Humana. Edmonds was held financially accountable for the remaining $25,537, and said the physician never mentioned the cost of the drug or any possible treatment alternatives.

Pricey Antivenom Markup

The Arizona Republic reports that scorpion antivenom distributors charge about $3,500 per dose. A valley-wide hospital poll found that the scorpion antivenom charges range from $7,900-$12,467. Pharmacies in Mexico only charge around $100, which has left many of us wondering, especially Marcie Edmonds, why hospitals are charging so much.

Scorpion Control

Scorpion control is a necessity for those living in Mesa, Arizona. Professionals offer year round treatments for an approximate cost of $400. Doing the math in my head, Mrs. Edmonds could have possibly saved herself $82,600 and steered clear of this nightmare altogether, if she solicited the help of an experienced exterminator.

Avoid costly hospital visits caused by scorpion stings by contacting a scorpion control professional today!

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Terminix
2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885
terminix.com

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